Presented on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. On and off for more than a decade toward the end of his life, Mark Twain worked on what are today known collectively as The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts. These pieces were not intended for publication, but were for the author's own edification, and for many years scholars have puzzled over their meaning and significance. Philip Fanning believes he has found a key to them: the writer's conflicted relationship with his older brother.
Philip Ashley Fanning is an independent scholar living in San Francisco, California. He is the author of Mark Twain, and Orion Clemens: Brothers, Partners, Strangers (2003).